Congressional races heat up with personal attacks
Ad watches from around the country keep getting filed. While many still hit on issues, more and more are getting personal.
FactCheck.org looks into and ad from Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District in which "Democrat Joyce Elliott accuses her opponent, Tim Griffin, of violating the commandment not to bear false witness." But then FactCheck finds Elliott offering up plenty of false items herself:
Elliott says Griffin "conspired to keep students and soldiers from voting" in the 2004 election, an unproven allegation that has resulted in no charges. Her ad says Griffin "opposes regulating Wall Street." It's true he opposes the Democratic financial reform bill, but not all financial regulations. It also says Griffin supports "trade deals that cost us jobs," but she doesn't provide any evidence to support that claim.
The Minnesota Independent looks at some direct mail advertisements from different anti-abortion groups attacking Democratic Rep. James Oberstar:
The groups point to Oberstar's vote for the Affordable Health Care and Patient Protection Act of 2010 to claim he supports federal funding for abortion and therefore is no longer "pro-life." But as fact-checkers have pointed out, health care reform does not include federal funding for abortion. In fact, one national group that's targeting Oberstar, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), has landed in court over the statements.
Politifact Ohio looks at a DCCC attack ad against Republican congressional candidate Tom Ganley, an owner of 20 auto dealerships. Politifact gave the ad a "half true" rating because:
"Buyer Beware," a TV ad from the DCCC, added the claims that Ganley has "two F's from the Better Business Bureau" and "over 160 complaints in just three years." ... The DCCC's claim that Ganley has "two F's from the Better Business Bureau" checked out. But the ad fails to note that those two grades later changed. The claim of "over 160 complaints in just three years" is accurate. Recognizing that Ganley is Ohio's largest car dealer with 20 dealerships is information not in the ad that lends it some perspective. And that the average grade for all those dealerships is a B plus is an important detail that also is missing.
Citizens Against Government Waste have an advocacy ad against the stimulus out that is already on its way to becoming a much copied Internet meme. Before it does though, James Fallows fact checks the original:
If you know anything about the Chinese economy, the actual analytical content here is hilariously wrong. The ad has the Chinese official saying that America collapsed because, in the midst of a recession, it relied on (a) government stimulus spending, (b) big changes in its health care systems, and (c) public intervention in major industries -- all of which of course, have been crucial parts of China's (successful) anti-recession policy.
Finally, downballot, the Des Moines Register wonders "whether a seat in the Iowa Senate is really worth the degrading level of desperation that both candidates are showing in District 37." They report that one candidate has accused her opponent of "letting dangerous abusers buy guys to kill women and kids."
| October 22, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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